Monday, August 19, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #695 - A Home Run Record


As you surely know, the Dodgers set a new MLB record on Friday when Will Smith hit an eighth inning home run off of Atlanta pitcher Jerry Blevins. With that homer the team collectively recorded 22 round-trippers over a five game span to set a new Major League mark. In celebration of this feat Topps had issued a new 2019 Topp Now card for fans and collectors to purchase on Saturday. It has a 288 card print run. Per Ken Gurnick at MLB.com:
“I guess the numbers don’t lie -- we do hit the ball out of the ballpark,” said manager Dave Roberts. “I still stand by the fact our bat quality is as good as there is in the big leagues.”
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“I think we’re a pretty complete club all around,” Muncy said. “Obviously the home runs are what you notice, but if you look at the at-bats before the home run, very good at-bats. Before the home run, A.J. [Pollock] went in, pinch-hit single, that’s hard to do. [Kyle] Garlick had a pinch-hit walk, which is extremely hard to do. Not trying to do too much.”

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2019 Bowman Sterling - All the Dodger Cards

After a five year hiatus Topps has brought their Bowman Sterling brand for collectors to chase after. They officially arrived in stores last week, and like always it's filled with some of the tops prospects in the game. Go here to check out a complete checklist. All of the Dodger cards are below.

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#BPR-32 Gavin Lux

Blog Kiosk: 8/19/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


The Dodgers are obviously trying to prepare rookie hurler Dustin May for some relief pitching -- just in time for the playoffs. Unfortunately, his fist attempt yesterday did not go so well. He struggled after coming into the in the sixth inning with the Dodgers leading 3-1. He would go on to allow three hits; including a grand slam to Rafael Ortega. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“I would contribute it mostly to a lack of command,” May said. “A little amped up, a little excited, but you’ve still got to go out and execute. I didn’t execute very well today, for really any pitch. There’s really only room for improvement from here.”
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“As far as the role, this is something new we didn’t expect to just be seamless,” Roberts said. “Give him an opportunity to learn and get his feet wet. … My faith, my confidence in Dustin hasn’t wavered.”
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Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 Topps Now - #687 - Bellinger & Trout Hit their 40th


Here's the newest Cody Bellinger 2019 Topps Now card, and this time he gets to share it with fellow slugger and crosstown rival Mike Trout. This card let's us know that they both his their 40th home run of the season yesterday -- to lead the Majors.
Go here to check it out and order. Below is what's written on the reverse:
Cody Bellinger set a new career high with his 40th home run of the season while temporarily taking over the MLB lead. Mike Trout later tied him atop the leaderboard, hitting his 40th home run against the White Sox.

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2019 Topps Total - Wave 5 - All the Dodger Cards

The fifth wave of Dodger cards found in packs of 2019 Topps Total are now in collectors hands, and there are three Dodgers available this time around. They are Alex Verdugo, Pedro Baez and Joc Pederson. Go here to check out a complete checklist. A total of 3,981 packs were sold and this translates into an approximate print run of 398 of each card.

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#419 Alex Verdugo

Blog Kiosk: 8/16/2019 - Dodgers Links - Youngest to 40


Cody Bellinger launched his 40th homer of the season last night to become the youngest Dodger in franchise history to hit as many home runs -- he is 24-yeas old. Via Christina De Nicola at MLB.com:
Per Andrew Friedman: “Obviously, incredibly talented player who’s had a lot of success, but for him to take that other big step forward has been awesome. Just the maturation that we've seen over the offseason into this year, we think it's a big contributing factor to that.”
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“He's a special player, when you think about it,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “This guy plays center. He plays first. He's a really good outfielder. He can steal a bag. He has power. The whole thing. It's a different look. He does everything. When you're talking about one of the top guys in the league, they're guys that can do that. It's not just home runs. It's not just average. It's a little bit of everything.”
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  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1950 Giants third baseman Hank Thompson hit two inside-the-park home runs off Dodger pitchers Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine at the Polo Grounds. Brooklyn got pummeled 16-7. In 1964 Cardinals great Curt Flood recorded eight consecutive hits against the Dodgers during a doubleheader in Los Angeles; including four hits against Sandy Koufax. Unfortunately, Koufax injured his elbow while on the basepaths and would not pitch again that season. In 1988 the Dodgers traded fan favorite Pedro Guerrero to the Cardinals for starting pitcher John Tudor. This move would prove to be an impactful one. In nine starts Tudor would solidify the rotation by going 4-3 with an 2.41 ERA as the Dodgers head to the World Series.
  • Happy BirthdayHub NorthenBilly RhielRoger Cedeno & Yu Darvish!